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Interfirm Networks

Franchising, Cooperatives and Strategic Alliances

  • Josef Windsperger
  • Gérard Cliquet
  • Thomas Ehrmann
  • Georg Hendrikse

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Josef Windsperger, Gérard Cliquet, Thomas Ehrmann, George Hendrikse
    Pages 1-6
  3. Franchising Networks

  4. Cooperatives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 171-171
    2. Chrysa Morfi, Petri Ollila, Jerker Nilsson, Li Feng, Konstantinos Karantininis
      Pages 173-190
    3. Guenter Schamel, Francisco Javier Santos-Arteaga
      Pages 191-207
    4. Jason R. V. Franken, Michael L. Cook
      Pages 209-226
  5. Strategic Alliances

  6. Josef Windsperger, Gérard Cliquet, Thomas Ehrmann, George Hendrikse
    Pages E1-E1

About this book


The organization of interfirm networks, such as alliances, cooperatives, franchise and retail chains, has become an important research topic in the field of economics, marketing, strategic management, and organization theory. This book contributes to the literature on formal and informal inter-organizational governance by providing new insights on contract design, ownership, evolution of cooperation, role of social capital and performance in franchising networks; includes topics of loyalty, reputation and organizational form as well as performance of cooperatives, and discusses the relationship between formal and relational governance in alliances, governance structures of innovation activities, dynamics of interfirm conflicts, and network externalities and alliance formation.


Contract design Franchising Informal governance mechanisms Interorganizational networks Organizational design Supply chain partnerships Trust

Editors and affiliations

  • Josef Windsperger
    • 1
  • Gérard Cliquet
    • 2
  • Thomas Ehrmann
    • 3
  • Georg Hendrikse
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of ManagementUniversity of ViennaViennaAustria
  2. 2.Centre Recherche en Economic et Management (CREM)Universite de Rennes 1Rennes Cédex 7France
  3. 3.Institut für Strategisches ManagementUniversity of MünsterMünsterGermany
  4. 4.Department of OrganizationErasmus UniversityRotterdamThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

Industry Sectors
Chemical Manufacturing
Finance, Business & Banking
Consumer Packaged Goods


“Contributors, editors and authors, of this book have to be congratulated since they produced a very good text on the organization of interfirm networks … . It is a very complete work, very well written and providing a very agreeable reading, simultaneously rigorous and pedagogic, indispensable for academics and practitioners in the fields of economics, marketing and strategic management, accessible and interesting to broad crowds of readers.” (Manuel Alberto M. Ferreira, International Journal of Latest Trends in Finance & Economic Sciences, Vol. 6 (2), June, 2016)